Baby boy for Barca’s Messi

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Lionel Messi's girlfriend has given birth to a baby boy, the Barcelona star's first child.

Messi and his girlfriend Antonella Rocuzzo have named the boy Thiago.

Barcelona excused the 25-year-old Argentina forward from practice on Friday to attend his son's birth at a hospital in Barcelona.

Earlier Friday, Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova said he expected Messi to play in Saturday's Spanish league match against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou stadium. - Sapa-AP

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